ISSN 0104-6276 printed version
ISSN 1807-0191 online version


Scope and policy

Opinião Pública publishes previously unpublished scientific articles by Brazilian and international researchers on theory and methodology in public opinion, social and political behavior, political culture and democracy, media studies, elections, and political representation, articles which base their themes or hypotheses on explicit theoretical frameworks and on empirical, quantitative, qualitative, or documentary research data in order to generate findings and support conclusions.

Decisions regarding the publication of articles belong to the journal's editors, by way of review by specialists. The evaluation may: a) recommend an article’s publication; b) recommend publication provided that suggested revisions be made; or c) reject its publication.

Positions and concepts emitted in signed articles are the sole responsibility of their authors and do not express the opinion of the Editorial Board.

There is no charge for article submission.

Opinião Pública supports the codes of conduct of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (, as well as the guidelines of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico ( and the manual for good practice in Science published by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (


Form and preparation of manuscripts

The papers (in .doc format) should be submitted using the Scielo/ScholarOne online system: The article must be an original work (it should not have been published even in conference proceedings) and must not be under review by any other journal. Articles considered for publication in Opinião Pública are subject to double-blind review by specialists.

OPINIÃO PÚBLICA publishes original articles written in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. The articles can be submitted in French as well; if approved, their publication will depend on the availability of resources for translation. In order to guarantee an anonymous review process, the author´s name must not appear in either the text or in any other reference that allows its identification. The article must be accompanied by a letter of cession of the copyright to CESOP/UNICAMP, mentioning agreement with its publication and providing the following information: name, complete address, telephone/fax numbers, e-mail, academic titles, and institutional affiliation.

We will not accept articles without abstracts in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. The article should have between 20 and 40 pages, including images, notes and references. The page format should be standard A4 paper with left and right margins measuring 1.5, size 12 Times New Roman font and 1.5 line spacing. Said abstracts should consist of no more than 10 lines, and an additional 5 keywords that identify the contents of the article. The abstract must describe the research question and goals of the article, the methodological approach used, and the findings, as well as the implications and originality of the study. Tables, maps, charts, graphs, etc. must be placed in the appropriate position in the text, in .jpg (300 to 500 dpi) format, with title, caption, and source. If the paper is accepted for publication, these figures must be submitted in their original format so they can be edited.

Authors cited must appear in the text and should be referred to as follows: (Author´s last name, date) or (Author´s last name, date, page number). E.g.: (Souza, 1976) or (Souza, 1976, p. 64). Different titles by the same author published during the same year should be identified by a letter after the date. E.g.: (Almeida, 1989a), (Almeida, 1989b).

The bibliography that is used must be presented at the end of the article, with authors listed in alphabetical order and in accordance to the ABNT norms (NBR 6023), as illustrated in the following examples. Note not only the order of the elements, but also to the kinds of sources and the punctuation conventions used in each citation.

Book: Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials). Title in italics: subtitle without italics. Edition (if not the first). Place of publication: name of Publisher, year.

Anthology: Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials). Title of essay. In: Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials) of editors. Anthology title in italics: subtitle. Number of edition (if not the first). Place of publication: name of Publisher, year.

Journal articles: Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials). Title of article in quotation marks. Journal name in italics, place of publication, volume and issue, pages covered, date or period of publication, year.

Dissertations and PhD theses: Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials). Title in quotation marks. Place. Total number of pages. Academic level and area of studies: Master's thesis or Doctorate's Dissertation. Academic institution, year.

Internet (electronic documents): Author´s last name in small capitals, First name (initials). Title in italics, [Online]. Producer, date. Available at: < >. Access: day month, year (E.g.: 5 jan. 2012).

Work presented at an event: Last name in small capitals, Name (abbreviated). Title of the work presented in quotation marks. In: Proceedings of the event (number and title, if any), city of the event, document pages (if any), date of publication.

- The titles of the article’s sections should be formatted in bold and its subsections in italics.

- The sections and subsections of the article should not be numbered. If there are quotes and/or references to sections of the article itself throughout the text, refer to the section title. E.g.: As discussed in the section "Opinions and Attitudes about Democracy...".

- Whenever there is a reference to the article itself, the word "article," and not the words "paper," "work," "study," etc., should be used in the text.

- The titles and sources of the tables should be complete (when they are "self-produced," indicate the data on which they are based. E.g.: Self-produced based on TSE data).

- The titles and sources must not be embedded in the charts and graphs.

- Symbols such as "%" and others should be removed from the inside of the tables and graphs and, when applicable, presented together with their respective titles.

Ex.: Table 1
Title: Frequency of variables indicative of "steals, but gets things done" (%)
We ask that attention be paid to the spelling of proper nouns and dates of publications cited in the text and in the references to minimize dubiety.

OPINIÃO PÚBLICA's staff will review typographical errors, orthography, grammar, spelling of proper nouns, acronyms, dates of publication in the bibliographical references in the body of the text and in references at the end of the article; however, the more careful authors are with all these aspects, the less likely it is that errors will appear in the published version.

The license used by the journal OPINIÃO PÚBLICA is the CC-BY, a license that is fully open, including for commercial purposes.

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OPINIÃO PÚBLICA uses tools that check for plagiarism or self-plagiarism.


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